Around 1:30 p.m. MT on Monday, June 16, 2014, attackers targeted Ancestry with a Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS). During the attack, Ancestry websites along with the Find A Grave website were clogged with massive amounts of bogus traffic that took the sites down. We want to apologize for the inconvenience this has caused Read More
Scott Sorensen has served as Chief Technology Officer of Ancestry.com since April 2013. Scott has been at the company since June 2002 and has held multiple positions including Senior Vice President of Engineering, Vice President of Search and Vice President of Commerce. Prior to joining Ancestry.com, Scott was co-founder and Vice President of Engineering and then President at Coresoft Technologies. Scott was an engineering manager at WordPerfect / Novell and a software engineer at IBM. He holds a B.S in Computer Science from Brigham Young University.
We increased our focus around our technology performance in the middle of last year, a journey that has our tech teams working very hard to improve our systems so we can provide a good site experience for our customers. We’ve made a lot of progress in this area and the performance of our site Read More
At Ancestry.com we face all sorts of exciting technology challenges to grow our business and support the company’s mission of helping everyone discover, preserve, and share their family history. This week, I’m excited to share some of the learnings we’ve had along the way in leveraging our data to help users make more meaningful discoveries Read More
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve provided you with an update on our site performance, so I wanted to take a step away from working with our team on our site to tell you about what we’ve been up to behind the scenes. As I mentioned in my last post, the amount of data Read More
We understand the recent site issues have caused disruptions in service to you, our loyal customers. Given that a number of members have asked for more details about the problems we’ve been experiencing recently, I wanted to write a note to all our members to give you an update. First, let me emphasize that we Read More
I joined Ancestry.com as a developer in June 2002 – exactly 11 years ago – just as Ancestry.com was inventing the family tree technology that differentiates us today. The last 11 years have flown by as our team innovates against the constant challenge of improving our unique and dedicated community’s experience. Looking back over that Read More
When people think of Ancestry.com the first thing that comes to mind might not be technology. But Ancestry.com is a really great technology company. Our engineers are working on some very interesting technical challenges and solving a range of complex problems. This new blog will be written by engineers for engineers and will focus on Read More